Vintage Stereo Receivers ~ Tuners ~ Amps

Onkyo TX-6500MKii

Onkyo TX-6500 MKii (1980)  100 WPC  $465 FIRM  (pristine)

(local pickup only)


This is a pristine, powerful Onkyo TX-6500 MKii. 

It was made by Onkyo from around 1978 to 1981. They made a series of receivers with the entry level unit being the TX-1500. From there was the TX-2500, the TX-4500, the TX-6500 and the monster TX-8500.  

Second from the top of the line, the TX-6500 MkII punches out a conservative 100 watts per channel (8 ohms) and 160 watts per channel (4 ohms).

The gorgeous front end of this one starts with the display scale...they used real thick glass. With its already desirable industrial design, this was an added expression of timeless elegance. 

It's a very heavy receiver (50 lbs) with solid high power, enough to drive 3 pairs of speakers and two turntables.  

The receiver is really a very nice looking unit when it is lit up. It also features a very good phono preamp circuit and a fantastic tuner.  The stations are locked and tuned when you take your hand off the tuning knob.

The trademark look of this series, the rosewood veneer case along with the four hex bolts holding the front glass, gives it a "top shelf" appeal.
Onkyo was on the ropes when they decided to aggressively market these incredible receivers.  They were so pleased with the overall success of the TX-6500MKii (and the rest of that model series) that, out of the hundreds of products they designed all that time, the series lineup were featured on the print sheets for their 70th Anniversary.


About Onkyo...

The word Onkyo translates as "sound harmony".  Starting out in 1946, Osaka Denki ONKYO K.K. is established and begins manufacturing phonograph pickups. The CP-1000 turntable was the first product to bear the ONKYO brand.  They also manufactured integrated stereo systems throughout the years but they majored in turntables, early amps, preamps, stereo receivers and also the cassette tape format beginning in 1981 with the TA-W800, the world's first high-speed dubbing, double-cassette tape deck with a wide variety of tape-editing functions.
They hit their high mark in the late 70's with the TX-xxxx series of stereo receivers, tuners and amps.  Onkyo kept pace with, and in some ways exceeded, the strong competition from Pioneer, Sansui, Marantz, Optonica, etc.  The stereo wars of the 70's yielded so many great products and Onkyo is right there with the best of them.
Today, Onkyo is still a global brand and their Integra series is well respected.


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Fisher RS-2010

Fisher RS-2010 ('78-'80) 100 WPC  $400 FIRM 

(pristine, local pickup only)


Pristine!

This Fisher RS-2010 is near perfect both cosmetically and in functionality.  To better show off the beautiful array of lights we upgraded this unit with all new LEDs.   

Weighing in at 35 lbs and conservatively rated at 100 watts per channel, it can handle 3 pairs of speakers very easily...and then some.  

Among its many features are two tape monitors, two phono inputs, one aux input, built in equalizer, equalizer on/off, filters FM MPX and subsonic on/off, mono mode on/off, loudness contour on/off, FM muting on/off, tuning and signal meters and left, right power meters. 

The front "panel logic" system is an illuminated, computer-like display that tells you at a glance what the receiver is set to do. 

The gorgeous silver faceplate with its solid aluminum knurled knobs and sliders is flawless.  Likewise, the walnut case is also flawless.

This RS-2010 has upgraded LEDs for the meters and FM dial with standard incandescent lamps for the other 17 function indicator lamps.   All switches, knobs, sliders, inputs and outputs are 100% functional.  Additionally, the power supply voltages were checked and the tuning section was aligned.   

This is truly one beautiful, very powerful piece of vintage history.  


*Note: 

The late 70's Fisher series were developed by Sanyo after they took over the flailing Fisher brand in the 70's.  Of course, prior to being sold, the name "Fisher" was synonymous with high fidelity leadership since the 60's when Avery Fisher turned the audio world on its ear with his early tube units (like the famous Fisher 500C and others).  Alas, all things must end, Avery Fisher sold his company and, over the years, the brand has both flourished (to some) and floundered (to others).  It's generally agreed that the RS-2010 and RS-2015 receivers made by Sanyo (from the mid-70's to early 80's) are very well made.

Fisher RS-2004A

Fisher RS-2004A  (1980) 45 WPC  $200 (pristine)


First off, consider the rated 45 watts per channel, very conservative.

In reality, some of the Fisher 2004A receivers have been bench tested to yield close to 60 watts per channel when running correctly and this one is definitely running correctly.

A superior build by Sanyo unit during the Sanyo-Fisher era, the 2004A is a beast in disguise.  

This one is in pristine cosmetic and working condition...inside and out.

Up front, instead of the usual bass/treble controls, the 2004A has five sliders for equalization of the entire sonic range.

The industrial design of the faceplate is nicely balanced by four green backlit meters all working as they should.

The 2004A is squarely in the middle of the pack for the RS series with the very rare RS-2015 at 150 watts per channel being the big daddy.

Solid chunks of aluminum block switches and knobs combined with the built-in equalizer set this unit apart from the competition in its class.

The faceplate, knobs, sliders and switches are flawless and the beautiful walnut veneer case is the same...perfect.

Fisher CA-880 integrated amp

Fisher CA-880 integrated amp (1981) 100 WPC  $250


The powerful Fisher *Studio Standard CA-880 integrated amplifier, with minimum rated power of 100 watts per channel (@ 8 ohms) was the heart of a custom made system designed primarily for Macy's flagship store in New York City.  

Available by special order via the Macy's catalog in 1980, it was originally designed and built by Sanyo.  Over the years, they occasionally turn up as individual pieces or partially complete systems.  Regardless, the integrated 880 is the muscle part because its power board section and overall build has an excellent reputation and presents a stunning visual with its huge twin meters.

(Note: correct power modules were replaced in 2016)

The satin black faceplate with white silkscreen lettering presents a stunning visual. 

(Note: included with price is the matching FM-660 tuner and fully operational CR-125 cassette deck not shown in photo)


*Note: 
The Fisher "Studio Standard" series were developed by Sanyo after they took over the flailing Fisher brand in the 70's.  Of course, in the very early years, the name "Fisher" was synonymous with high fidelity leadership since the 60's when Avery Fisher turned the audio world on its ear with his early tube units (like the famous Fisher 500C and others).  Alas, all things must end, Avery Fisher sold his company and, over the years, the brand has both flourished (to some) and floundered (to others).  It's generally agreed that most of the Studio Standard gear made by Sanyo (from the mid-70's to early 80's) is well made.  For example, the Fisher RS-2010 (100 WPC) and the monster Fisher RS-2015 (150 WPC) made by Sanyo are two incredibly well made and respected receivers.


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Akai AA-1150

Akai AA-1150 (1979) 50 WPC  $200 (mint)


We're fortunate to have this one-owner, flawless and beautiful Akai AA-1150 vintage receiver.

Most fairly knowledgeable audiophiles think of tape decks when they hear "Akai", but then, they also remember that the quality of Akai receivers, with their discrete powers supplies, is right up there with Pioneer, Sansui, etc.  

Rarely advertised in print, the late 70's Akai units were built with massive transformers and had a reputation similar to Sherwood...that is, excellent build, excellent sound yet not as well recognized.  

The clean design of the AA-1150 with it's heavy metal knobs and switches spread across the heavy solid chunk of the aluminum faceplate has its own classic look.  

The real tigerwood veneer case fits snug right up to the edges.Rare and powerful...

About Akai...

For over 80 years and still going strong, AKAI has proven itself to be one of the premier sources of vision and innovation for consumer electronics. Founded in 1929, Tokyo, Japan, AKAI has engaged in offering quality home entertainment products specializing in the audio and video arenas. Akai also manufacturers studio electronics such as mixers, keyboards, studio monitors, etc.


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Pioneer SA-8100

Pioneer SA-8100 integrated amp ('73-'75) 40 WPC  (on hold)


In extremely great cosmetic and working condition, this mid-70's Pioneer SA-8100 was one their "big power" integrated stereo amps.  

At its very conservative rated power of 40 watts per channel, the SA-8100 features a unique twin tone control system for versatile tonal adjustment, high and low subsonic filters and high stability, reliable pure complementary OCL power amplifier design, with differential amplifier at the first stage and large electrolytic capacitors to ensure stable operation.

The outstanding frequency response at 10Hz to 70kHz and the capability of running 4 ohm to 16 ohm speakers put the SA-8100 near the top of the heap in its day.  Even today, its build is still highly respected.

Additional features enable the SA-8100 to run two turntables, two auxiliary units, two tape decks and two pairs of speakers.  

Furthermore, its amazing array of tone controls is simply incredible.

The walnut veneer case is in excellent condition as well.

Pioneer SX-650

Pioneer SX-650 ('76-'78) 35 WPC $190

The well-known and very popular Pioneer SX-650 was one of the classic mid-range receivers offered by Pioneer in the mid 70's. 

It has the classic silver face styling of Pioneer's SX series which, when coupled with the wood case, makes for an exceptionally clean and stylish looking receiver.  

Produced from 1976-1978, it originally sold for around $300.00.  

Pumping out a very conservative 35 watts per channel @ 8 ohms, it was designed and marketed for those with an average sized listening room and wanted great value for their money. 

Although it didn't have too many frills, it was extremely popular and built to last.

The SX-650 has the very popular and great styling from Pioneer with its silver face, faceted knobs and real wood veneer side panels (walnut veneer metal top)

Among its many features are the weighted analog flywheel tuning, precision tuning meter, FM stereo signal indicator light,3 gang tuning section, controls for bass, treble, and balance, loudness switch, stereo/mono switch, inputs for aux, tape deck, and, of course...phono.

Pioneer SA-610 (top) and Pioneer RG-2 (bottom)

Pioneer SA-610 integrated amp ('79-'81) 45 WPC  $210


The SA-610 was part of Pioneer's popular 'x' series in the very early 80's.  

This low profile amp has the silver faceplate, metal controls and lovely blue fluorescent display without looking bulky. The interior build is tidy with well routed cables making repairs relatively easy. 
Obviously, with Pioneer's extensive history of excellent sound quality, the SA-610 is also very good even with the tone controls switched off, the sound is detailed and smooth without being forward or bright. 

Rated at 45 WPC into 8Ω (stereo) with a frequency response @ 10Hz to 60kHz and THD: 0.03%


Purchase of SA-610 includes free:

Pioneer RG-2 audio processor w/ 5-stage dynamic expansion selector ('79-'82)


The matching design of the RG-2 is a complement to the SA-610 and allows fine tailoring of the sound output.  

Modern recording uses three dynamic control techniques which may detract from the original dynamic range; reduction of transient peaks, overall compression of loud levels and upward manipulation of soft levels.

The RG-2 was designed to correct dynamic distortion in each of these areas, increasing the contrast and virtually restoring the original live program.


About Pioneer...

Not much needs to be said about Pioneer other then the simple fact that the name is known worldwide for above average quality and excellence in high fidelity component design.  They were the unchallenged leader in stereo advertising and marketing in the 70's.  Back in the day, Pioneer made it clear that if you didn't have a Pioneer stereo system in your house (or college dorm) you just didn't have the right stuff.


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